Union president Bob Donovan said Thursday that an arbitration award was expected this month, but the panel has likely delayed its decision to April.
When the award arrives, Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting said it will take time to figure out the financial implications for the town's budget.
"This goes back four years," Nutting said Thursday. "You have to go employee by employee, year by year, to get a total. That’s not an easy task."
The timing of the award creates an additional strain on the town, he said, because it is preparing to begin collective bargaining with the eight other unions.
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